Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Diverse Coalition urges Obama to pick Raul Grijalva for Interior Secretary

On Monday, a letter was sent to President Obama signed by 238 conservation, Hispanic, recreation, animal welfare, religious, labor, youth, business and women’s groups urging President Barack Obama to nominate Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) as the next interior secretary when that position opens. Grijalva is currently ranking member of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, and a leading Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee. The letter, released by Center For Biological Diversity, stated in part: The selection of the next interior secretary is an important moment to place a renewed emphasis and urgency on some of the most critical issues of our age, including climate change, the protection of endangered species and preservation of water and wild lands. We strongly believe Congressman Grijalva exemplifies the modern and forward-thinking vision of the Department of the Interior.

I couldn't think of anything worse. This would put Jimmy Carter's War On The West to shame. 

Go here to view the letter and view the list of  signatory groups.  Of local interest, the letter is signed by the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the Southwest Environmental Center.  Interestingly, I didn't see signatures representing the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Wilderness Society, NRDC, etc. 

1 comment:

J.R. Absher said...

I'm certainly with you on this one, Frank. I actually was relieved with the choice of Salazar after Grijalva was initially under consideration four years ago.